The Ferrari drivers have gone conservative in their tyre choices for the F1 Azerbaijan GP from all the other nine teams.
Pirelli is to bring C2 (hard), C3 (medium) and C4 (soft) compounds for the Azerbaijan GP on April 26-28. Among the 10 teams, only Ferrari has opted for the least number of the soft compound at seven as the Italian manufacturer goes conservative in their choice.
In addition, both Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc will have five sets of medium compound and one of the hard. Their direct competitors Mercedes and Red Bull Racing have opted for a different strategy as well.
Mercedes are the only team with eight sets of soft compound with Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas opting for four sets of medium and one of hard for the street race. At the same time, Red Bull has gone for nine sets of soft compound.
Joining them with nine sets are Haas, Alfa Romeo Racing, Toro Rosso and Williams drivers. From among them, both the Red Bull and Haas drivers have opted for three sets of medium and one of hard which is same as Antonio Giovinazzi, Alexander Albon and Robert Kubica.
Their teammates Kimi Raikkonen, Daniil Kvyat and George Russell will have two each of medium and hard compounds. Among the rest, the Renault, McLaren and Racing Point drivers have gone for 10 sets of soft compound.
From them, it is only Daniel Ricciardo on a different strategy with two sets of hard and one medium, while Nico Hulkenberg along with the McLaren and Racing Point drivers have gone for two sets of medium and one of hard compound.
As the rule states, the teams get 13 set of tyres for the whole Chinese GP weekend, with one set of the softest compound to be kept by the Top 10 drivers to use in Q3. After the completion of qualifying, the Top 10 drivers will have to return that set, while the other drivers can keep it for the race.
For the races, each driver has to keep one set each of the two harder compounds available for the weekend, while the rest 10 sets they are free to choose from the three available compounds for the particular driver.
Here’s what Pirelli is bringing in the races